Chinese participation in the human rights regime probably was never really intended to alter human rights so much in China that it would jeopardize the Chinese Communist Party’s hold on power. I think China, even if it may have been open to some areas of human rights, I think that we have to keep in mind that the full implementation of human rights including all of the elements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would mean that political competition is allowed. And that's just not something I see the current Chinese regime allowing.
Rana Siu Inboden
A full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com or a brief primer on the human rights regime here.
Rana Siu Inboden is a senior fellow with the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas–Austin. Her new book is China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017.
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China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017 by Rana Siu Inboden
China at the UN: Choking Civil Society by Rana Siu Inboden in Journal of Democracy
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